Republicans are using computers to call voters in several districts. The calls purport to be from Democrats. If you hang up, they call, and call, and call, even into the night and early morning hours. If you DO listen, you hear a smear message about the Democrat. This is widespread and massive, and there is simply no time to respond. So it might work.
You and I are informed voters. The fact that you are reading this shows that you seek out information. So you are likely to see through – or find out about – this tactic. But consider the situation with most people. They work hard (not that you don’t) and don’t have a lot of free time. Maybe they have kids they have to get to school or soccer games (or the mall.) For one reason or another they are NOT as well-informed as we are, so they are susceptible to schemes like this one, which is obviously designed to get them angry at the Democratic candidate, possibly enough to keep them from voting at all.
I’ve been writing about the Republican calling operation here and here. Taylor Marsh is also looking at it. Talking Points Memo is also on this.
There are articles on the robocall operation here, here, here, here, here, here.
At Patriot Project we have also been looking at the earlier push-polling operation.
Update – According to the Republican Party website,
72-HOUR PROGRAM IS WORKING.
The GOP’s 72-hour program has reached 27 million volunteer contacts through Saturday, hitting 3 million voters this Saturday alone. By and large, this effort will have its impact on Election Day and will not show up in most public opinion polls.